The City's current conservation program aims to reduce average annual per capita water consumption and unaccounted for water through several methods.
Drought Contingency Plan -The City currently has in effect a Drought Contingency Plan (pdf). This plan includes criteria for the initiation and termination of drought response stages, outside watering day designations and penalties for violation of the ordinance.
Year-round Mandatory Conservation -The City has in place an ordinance that prohibits landscape watering between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. This prohibition is a year-round conservation measure. A copy of the codified ordinance, which also includes requirements for permitting of newly planted lawns and landscaping is found in Year Round Water Restrictions (pdf)
Turf Management -The City regulates the types of turf grasses allowed for new residential and commercial development. The ordinance also contains requirements related to irrigation systems, replacement of damaged turf and requirements for depth of soil. Please see the Turf Management (pdf) and Native Grasses (pdf) for more information.
Stage 2 Water Conservation Rules
Under the Stage 2 restrictions, Boerne Water Utility residential and commercial customers are required to limit the use of water for landscape irrigation. Customers are permitted to use individual sprinklers or sprinkler systems for lawns, gardens, or other landscaped areas on one designated weekday and only between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Designated watering days have been assigned according to the last number of the street address as follows:
LAST DIGIT OF STREET ADDRESS OUTDOOR WATERING DAYS
0 or 1 - Monday
2 or 3 - Tuesday
4 or 5 - Wednesday
6 or 7 - Thursday
8 or 9 - Friday
Water Conservation Tips:
Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving. Don't let the water run.
Reduce your shower time by 5 to 10 minutes.
Fix leaks in toilets, sinks and washing machines.
Water lawns only once per week and early in the morning to prevent water evaporation.
Adjust sprinkler heads so they are watering the grass and not the pavement.
Install rain shut-off devices on sprinkler systems to prevent watering during or after a rain.